Castle in the Air

The air castle in the picture is actually a tea house, bulit in Chino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

The tea house is built atop two chestnut trees, cut from a nearby mountain and transported to the site, and is accessible only by free-standing ladders propped against one of the trees. The building’s own is Fujimori, who designed and built the whole house.

Castle in the air

Tea House in air



Castle in the air

In order to reach the room, the guests must climb up the freestanding ladders propped up against one of the two chestnut trees supporting the whole structure.

Castle in the air

Close up of the air tea house

The interior is covered with plaster and bamboo mats. Shoes are taken off at the midway point. Once inside the room, which is padded simply with plaster and bamboo mats, the architect’s adventurous spirit gives way to the serenity more suited to the purpose of making tea and calming one’s mind.

Castle in the air

The room displays a large window that frames the perfect bird’s eyes’ view of the town

Castle in the air

The trees used to support the house

Castle in the air

Fujimori - the owner of the tea house in air

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15 Responses

  1. Lindsey says:

    I love it! How peaceful it must be to get away and enjoy the quiet and scenery :)

  2. Iulian says:

    Now this is something nice!
    Too bad there is a city nearby …

  3. pi says:

    Must be very exciting on a windy day :D

  4. I would never leave my tree house in the sky.

  5. DaemonFrost says:

    This is like baba yaga’s house from the folklore.

  6. Tim in WVa says:

    Yes, wind…ANY wind would be quite the (mis)adventure. Storms? Fo’ged aboud it!

  7. Rick says:

    Wow. Wonderful.

  8. This tea house looks so cosy. This guy have real vision to build something like this. Like it!

  9. surely those trees aren’t strong enough to support the weight of the house! what happens if the become rotten? does look wonderful though

  10. Haifa says:

    the tree house looks coool :D

  11. Theresa says:

    What an interesting house to live in.

  12. Hugging the Coast says:

    What a perfect place for a Japanese cha no yu ceremony! Lovely wabi!

  13. BizMarketing says:

    Would’t the tree supporting your house die?

  14. Mesothelioma says:

    Wow.
    Beutiful, takes your breathe away!

    Some would kill for such beauty

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